I know the lyrics don’t fit, but the title sure does. Money for Nothing.
In this case, it’s a lot of money for an even bigger nothing.
Hair lock of revolutionary icon che guevara fetches $100,000 at auction in Dallas
CNews – DALLAS – A hair lock snipped from ernesto (che) guevara before his burial in 1967 sold for $100,000 at auction Thursday to a Houston-area bookstore owner who called the Marxist “one of the greatest revolutionaries of the 20th century.”
Bill Butler, 61, won the eight-centimetre tress clipped from guevara’s mane after placing the only bid, which matched the reserve price.
Butler, who bid over the phone, said he was a collector of 1960s items and that the hair lock would fit in well.
“A lot of his writings are still worth reading today,” said Butler, whose comments were relayed by a Heritage auction house employee who spoke to him on the phone immediately after the auction.
Butler said he plans to ultimately display the hair at his Butler & Sons Books in Rosenberg, located just outside Houston.
The Dallas-based auction house had hired extra security as a precaution against protesters, who Heritage thought might attend after alleged threats made against the company. Heritage spokeswoman Kelley Norwine said the company had been monitoring “leftist bloggers” upset that the company was profiting from guevara’s death.
The hair was consigned by Gustavo Villoldo, a former CIA operative and Cuban exile who was involved in guevara’s capture, according to unclassified U.S. records and other documents.
Norwine said the hair hasn’t been forensically matched to guevara because of fears of test tampering. But she said the auction house is confident in its authenticity.
If you want to know more about Gustavo Villoldo, read The Man Who Buried che.